assembly, speech and due process. at a year earlier, the iranians had taken to the streets to lead peaceful demonstrations against the government or to be repressed by the besieged militiamen. during times of both peace and conflict, center casey has traveled to the region to see the part of our interest and our allies. in july he met a senate delegation and the middle east to discuss the threat posed by iran and to review the developments in the middle east peace process. senator kasey hayes traveled to saudi arabia, kuwait, iraq, israel, the west bank, lebanon, egypt where he met with top officials. he met with u.s. troops in iraq and kuwait, and in iraqi mess with vice president biden and the general ray odierno, commander of the u.s. troops. more recently, senator casey has strong support of israel during the fighting in gaza last month. senator casey has said, quote, the u.s. must continue to support vigilance and the resolution with hamas.